Identify Your Style When relationships end, it’s natural to want to take your style in the complete opposite direction of where you were previously in an effort to start fresh. While this makes perfect sense, it's probably not the best answer.Surrounding yourself with midcentury modern when you’re French country is counterproductive to creating a space you’ll love to be in. Wiping the slate clean from a design standpoint doesn’t mean you should no longer like what you like. Opening yourself up to new options in the style you feel best defines you can be a great solution. The interesting thing about my client's drastic downsizing is that she says the smaller home feels friendlier and less sterile. She wanted to create an environment that felt safe, inviting and bright. Whereas she used to have furnishings no one ever sat on, all the pieces in the new space would be used every day. Artwork in her old home was expensive and priceless, and I have to admit, more suited to a gallery than a real home. The walls in the bungalow would be a mix of things with whimsy that evoked a smile or reminded you that everything was going to be OK. Identifying what she wanted the space to feel like for herself and her children was the perfect starting point. All other things radiated off the central desire to create a warm and comforting space. Her love of antiques, well-made furniture and richly textured fabrics came next. Pinpointing what things she was drawn to and what things said “family home” to her made it clear that her style was heavily weighted toward warm modern. She knew that stark white rooms weren’t going to work for her two children, but a mix-and-match approach that combined tailored furnishings with organic pieces like reclaimed wood tables and bright patterned pillows would work beautifully.The room shown here is a great example of a warm, modern space filled with light. I imagine the residents to be fun and laid back, with an eclectic but sophisticated style. I want to know them, to hang out with them. Their space feels welcoming to me.